How Green is Central Heating?
As the drive to become greener is starting to put pressure on home owners and plumbers alike, the manufacturers of boilers and central heating systems are making an effort to provide ever improving boilers with higher efficiency.
Just be replacing an old boiler with a new condensing boiler (or a combi boiler) will already take you forward in reducing your carbon dioxide emissions. Asking your plumber to install new radiators with individual TRVs (Thermostatic Radiator Valve) will ensure you don’t overheat where heat is not required. Furthermore, your plumber can install digital room thermostats, and water tank thermostat to make the savings even more obvious. It is also important to ensure your home is well insulated to ensure the central heating output does not escape through the walls or the loft
It is recommended to review the central heating system first. A modern boiler and controls can save you up to 40% of your heating bills. To improve the returns on your savings expert plumbers and heating engineers recommend legging the pipe work and installing insulation (such as cavity wall and loft insulation).
The Energy Saving Trust comments that “the Government’s energy efficiency commitment means energy suppliers with a certain number of customers are obliged to achieve targets for improving home energy efficiency. They provide offers that reduce the cost of installing energy-efficiency measures - and you can take up offers from any company, regardless of who supplies your gas and electricity.”
This page has been written with contributions from Gas Safe engineers from Oxfordshire and plumbers from Harrow. Several of the company's qualified plumbers from Middlesex have worked on similar issues as well as some of our experienced heating engineers from Finsbury Park and our Kentish Town plumbing and heating engineers.
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